November 20, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Charlotte Community Foundation awards $34,000 in grants

More than 70 community leaders gathered on the brick courtyard of Charlotte Community Foundation Thursday, Nov. 6, to celebrate the foundation’s annual Grant Recognition Awards. More...

Holly Days Home Tour set for Dec. 5-6

The Punta Gorda Garden Club’s 21st annual Holly Days Home Tour, “Christmas in Paradise,” is set for Dec 5-6. Tour hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Punta Gorda Historic District. More...

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

Iconic Shelby GT350 Mustang gets full-speed update

One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time is returning, as Ford this week confirmed development of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang. More...

Automotive service goes increasingly high-tech

Increasingly, automotive repair and service is becoming a high-tech profession, note officials with the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. More...

Special Sections

Business News

New mortgage advice

Some of the basics you need to know if you are looking to buy a home now

The old Virginia Slims cigarette slogan from the 1970s, “You’ve come a long way, baby,” might be drafted to summarize the history of home mortgage lending, too (not just cigarette-smoking women). More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Charlotte Sewing Center is built on passion for the craft

Theresa Bahadoor confessed that she didn’t start sewing until she was in her 30s. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Your life’s value — demystifying life Insurance

Some financial assets are hugely misunderstood. Sometimes they are a large part of an asset mix. Sometimes they carry meaningful funding requirements. Sometimes their value is not appreciated until specific circumstances, where the asset is needed. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

LET THEM ENTERTAIN YOU

THEY’RE NOT THE SLICK PRODUCTIONS OF Broadway or Off-Broadway. With community theaters there’s always the chance of a flubbed line, falling scenery or maybe even a broken leg. More...

Gulfshore Opera comes to Punta Gorda

Gulfshore Opera, the new Southwest Florida opera company, recently performed for the first time at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Theater at its best: ‘Tribes’ opens hearts and minds

We all have a deep need to belong — not just to someone else, but to a group, a warm collection of people with whom we feel understood, with whom we fit. We belong to various groups by birth, by gender, by sexuality, by talent, by beliefs. More...

‘Food Chains,’ on Coalition of Immokalee Workers opens Thanksgiving Day

“Food Chains,” an expose about America’s farmworkers that focuses on “the intrepid, highly lauded” Coalition of Immokalee Workers, opens in theaters nationwide and via iTunes on Friday, Nov. 21. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 9 P.M. Doc Martin In a life-changing decision, Bert Large abandons his plumbing business to open his own restaurant. The opening of Mr. More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Turkey Trot on tap The 16th annual Turkey Trot is set for 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at Florida SouthWestern State College in Punta Gorda. Entry fee is $25 until Nov. 24; $30 at the race. More...

Sheriff’s Office offers holiday and ‘season’ traffic safety reminders

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday signals a season of change: cooler weather and fewer hours of daylight. More...

Korman celebrates milestone with community fun event

In celebration of its 25 years in practice, Dr. Laura R. Korman of Korman Relief & Wellness Center is hosting a community day of fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. More...

Test drive your way to free turkey or ham

Your Thanksgiving dinner meat can be served courtesy of Port Charlotte Honda, which is giving away a free turkey or ham with every test drive of a new or preowned vehicle until Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

2077 Little Pine Circle, Punta Gorda

THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME HAS ALL THE FLAIR OF OLD Key West from the sea-foam green metal roof to the white vinyl lap siding with sea-foam shutters to match. More...

London Bay Homes completes Girona villa model home at The Founders Club

The new Girona model, a three-bedroom single-family villa in The Founders Club in Sarasota, creates a sense of place with its luxury beach-inspired interior design and a floor plan emphasizing connection to outdoor spaces overlooking the Sarasota com More...

Business Success Closer for 10 MicroEnterprise Graduates

Aspiring entrepreneurs graduate from six-week SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute

Ten aspiring entrepreneurs are now closer to launching their small businesses after graduating from The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute on Nov. 6. The ceremony took place at the Charlotte Technical Center in Port Charlotte. More...